This is a departure from usual with something girlie. What do you get when you mix a girl and some free time? Most often than not the answer is something to do with clothes, makeup and/or gossip. In my case it turned out to be a Nail Adornment Session. I did have free time but not the right tools so I looked for inspiration and tips on YouTube. My first attempt was a debacle ! No, I am not exaggerating !
The one on the left is the debacle. After that though, I was determined to do better on my other hand. This time what I did was:
- STEP 1 – Visualising a Design and prepping for it.
I traced lines with a sketch pen on my nail according to the design in my head (I’m sure this is going to harm my nail somehow). Then used cello-tape to mark off the area I didn’t want nail polish on. That’s the picture on the right.
- STEP 2 – Applying Base Coat
Then I applied metallic nail paint on the part without cello-tape. What this did was give me a clean line. Ideally I should have used the white strips that come in French manicure kits (Sorry, I don’t know what they are called).
- STEP 3 – Adornment and Top Coat
This is the part where you can go crazy and experiment ! I put little dots with white nail paint on the diagonal line with the help of a toothpick. You can see the result below. Please excuse my lack of neatness and Top Coat. I’m a newbie and didn’t have any clear polish.
If I may say so myself, the second try isn’t bad at all. Free time well spent J
TIPS AND TRICKS – You can use the back end of toothpicks, matchsticks, bobby pins, old pens etc for dots of different sizes. Old Eye liner brushes work well for thin lines. You can improvise as you go along. For video inspiration go here. This YouTube Channel is a great help. Trust me !
So take notes and Dress up your Nails girls ! All you need is nail polishes and some creativity.
This post is dedicated to my friend who inspired me with her Nail Art page on Facebook – Punkster Nails.